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to run the pentagon. former republican senator and decorated vietnam combat veteran, chuck hagel, already under fire before today. he got a rough treatment at today's hearing. kelly o'donnell is on the hill tonight with details. kelly, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. tough questions were expected, but the real surprise today came in how chuck hagel handled the all-day scrutiny. at times appearing unprepared or off his game. and that's after hagel had dozens of personal meetings with senators, trying to win their support to become the next secretary of defense. >> right up the stairs, sir. >> reporter: chuck hagel would break new ground as the first enlisted man, first vietnam veteran, to run the pentagon. and first cabinet nominee to get the super pac treatment. tv ads against his confirmation. >> chuck hagel is not a responsible option. >> reporter: but it was hagel's former colleagues and even friends who waged a coordinated attack today on hagel's judgment. john mccain seized on hagel's vocal opposition to the surge of troops in iraq in 2007. >> the question, senator ha
for senator charlie hagel. >> reporter: john mccain seized on hagel's opposition to the surge in iraq. >> the question is, are we right or wrong? that's a pretty straightforward question. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer. >> reporter: over his 2008 comments related to israel that a quote jewish lobby intimidate a lot of people in congress. >> name one person in your opinion who is intimidated by the israeli lobby in the united states senate. >> well, first -- >> name one. >> i don't know. >> reporter: hagel was repeatedly pressed by both democrats and republicans to make clear this point on israel. >> i strongly support israel. >> reporter: and clarified his stan on iran. >> by the way, i've just been handed a note that i misspoke. >> reporter: hagel said he fully backs the president's position that iran cannot be allowed to get nuclear weapons and says the u.s. should talk to iran. >> that was nbc's kelly o'donnell. >>> los angeles archbishop has taken action against his predecessor. the official action was taken in response to the priest's abuse scandal and reco
hagel. an explosion in mex stow city at a major oil company leaves more than a dozen dead. world tonight is next. you're on timeout leo! some things won't last 25 years. ah! woof! some things will. some things won't last 25 years. ah! woof! some things will. >>> it was a grilling on capitol hill today. pointed questions for president obama's phenomenon knee for secretary of defense. and many of those questions came from the nominee's own party. >> janelle wang is here with our world tonight. janelle. >> former february nebraska senator chuck hagel hammered today at his senate confirmation hearing. one of the most heated exchanges came from his former friends senator john mccain who grilled hagel on his opposition to the 2007 surge of u.s. forces into iraq. >> deserves your judgment as to whether you were right or wrong about the surge. >> i'll explain why i made those comments. >> i want to know if you were right or wrong. that's a direct question. i expect a direct answer. >> hagel said it wasn't a yes or no answer but senator mccain didn't give him a chance to explain. hagel spent a lo
senator chuck hagel's nomination as secretary of defense will be put to a vote some time next week. this after hagel was met with sharp questions from both sides of the aisle during his confirmation hearing on thursday. nbc's kelly o'donnell is live on capitol hill. kelly, good morning. >> good morning, matt. the white house is not sounding alarm bells but officials do say this was not a perfect performance from chuck hagel who served in the senate for 12 years, a republican from nebraska, and you would think that would make him very familiar with confirmation hearings, but it didn't turn out that way. respected for his decorated combat service in vietnam, but repeatedly pressed about his views on today's hot spots, even democrats took issue when chuck hagel referred to iran as a legitimate government. >> i do not see iran or the iran nan government as a legitimate government and i would like your thoughts on that. >> what i meant to say, should have said, it's recognizable. it's been recognized, is recognized at the un. >> reporter: both parties wanted reassurance on israel. >> i'
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